April 22, 2012
The win marks the first time the Cowgirls have defeated the Longhorns since 1989, as well as the highest-ranked opponent OSU has defeated since the creation of the Big 12 Conference.
“I’m so proud of the girls because all the hard work paid off,” coach Chris Young said. “It’s been a long time since we’ve beat them. The girls just stuck to the plan. All season we’ve been really close, and I think we just needed something like this to break through. I’m really proud of what Malika did out there. She knew all the pressure was on her and she stepped up. It’s exciting.”
The Cowgirls (11-8, 5-4 Big 12) started the day by earning the doubles point with wins at Nos. 1 and 3. C.C. Sardinha and Isabela Miro put away the Longhorn duo at No. 3, with an 8-4 win. The No. 58 team of Malika Rose and Kanyapat Narattana followed that with an 8-4 victory to seal the opening point for the Cowgirls.
In singles play, the Longhorns (14-7, 7-2 Big 12) answered with three quick victories at Nos. 1, 5 and 6 to come within one singles win of sealing the dual victory.
The Cowgirls, now down 3-1, had other ideas for how the match would play out. Narattana outlasted Cierra Gaytan-Leach at the No. 4 position with a 7-6, 6-2 win while Blevins defeated Noel Scott, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 3 to tie the match at 3-3 and keep OSU’s upset hopes alive.
The final point came down to court No. 2 as Rose went head-to-head with No. 30 Aeriel Ellis of
“We got the doubles point and I felt pretty confident going into my singles,” Rose said. “I think the key for me was the energy. I felt like my team was really competing hard, and I was trying to stay in the moment. I was just sticking to my game plan.
“I didn’t think about the fact that they were ranked sixth. Even though they didn’t tell me it was tied, I kind of knew it was, and I didn’t put too much pressure on myself. I think that was key, too.”
The Cowgirls return to action at the Big 12 Championship April 26-29, hosted by Texas A&M in
April 22, 2012 |
DOUBLES | Order of finish: 3,1,
SINGLES | Order of finish: 5,6,1,4,3,2*